My lawyer asked a whole bunch of questions about my disease and treatment. The judge asked about my education and work history and my mental health. He also asked about my children- custody issues mostly but also if my current husband and I have children (we did one who died). He was very matter of fact about everything. He asked about medications and side effects. Then without ever talking to the vocational expert he said, Okay so you have x,y,z, and a, b, c too. We will pay it and review the case in three years. Sorry I can't recall which of my conditions he focused on. My lawyer was really big on getting me to describe pain and fatigue levels. Both on scales of 1-10 and also with pain what it actually FEELS like. My lawyer asked me if I was given the job of the security guard without having to throw anyone out- being able to get up and sit down when I wanted how many hours could I work I said 2-3. He asked why- I told the truth I would have to lay down. It is better to have a lawyer but be sure you have all the good medical evidence and doctors who will back you up before you hire one. Then hire one. I would have lost and waited until November for a hearing had I opted to forgo the lawyer.
Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumetoid arthritis 2006, early sjogrens 2006, low positive anti-phospholipid antibodies/lupus anti-coglutant 2001-2004 and 2007, osteoarthritis 2005, Migraine 1994, Compression fracture 2001, Disk problems 2006, Multiple allergies 2006, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 2007, Bipolar type II 2007, possible siezures 2005, probable lupus CNS involvement 2007
Tx: plaquenil, Imuran, Enbrel, Celebrex, Tramadol, Norco, Singulair, Skelaxin, Evoxac, Clonazepam, Zonisamide, Baby Asprin, Relpax, Copper IUD